Teenager kidnapped from Dallas basketball game found days later held in hotel room

Six women and two men face charges of kidnapping for sex trafficking a 15-year-old girl who left her father at a Mavericks basketball game in Dallas last month to use the bathroom.

The teenager was found 10 days later at an Oklahoma City hotel 200 miles away after the nonprofit Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative contacted by her parents found nude photos of her on a website known for prostitution.

The girl’s parents are heartbroken for their child and furious with Dallas police, who they say have dismissed their concerns about their missing daughter, according to family attorney Zeke Fortenberry.

The girl’s father immediately contacted American Airlines Center arena security when his daughter went missing, and the parents “repeatedly” contacted Dallas police to locate the girl, Fortenberry said in a statement. communicated at the beginning of the month.

Dallas police “never initiated an investigation and made no effort to locate the teen,” or even bothered to get a photo of her, Fortenberry said.

A Dallas police spokesperson told Fox News on Friday that an arena officer searched for the teenager there when her father reported her missing.

Police also cited Texas Family Code, which they said ‘dictates that missing minors’ be considered ‘runaways’ unless there are circumstances that appear involuntary, such as kidnapping. or kidnapping”. The case was filed in the suburb where the teenager lives, around 30 minutes from the stadium, and the information was included in the local police bulletin.

“My daughter is missing in the city of Dallas, this is a Dallas case, but they refused to open a case for her,” the girl’s father said.

Fortenberry said, “The systems and organizations involved in this case have continually failed the victim. She should never have had contact with the Mavericks man at the game. Dallas police should have worked quickly to investigate leads and locate the teenager before she was trafficked to Oklahoma.

The teenager was found by Oklahoma City police after being alerted to the internet photos by the Texas Counter-Trafficking Initiative. They arrested the eight suspects last month. A number of them had significant criminal histories.

“These are really bad players we’re talking about,” said Gary Knight of the Oklahoma City Police Department.

The suspects were charged with a variety of charges, ranging from rape and human trafficking to distributing child pornography and offering to engage in prostitution.

“The life of this victim will be changed forever. We hope to hold those responsible accountable and create change within these organizations so this never happens to any other child,” Fortenberry said in the statement.

The teen’s mother thanked Oklahoma City police for their help.

“We are grateful for the work of the Oklahoma City Police Department and our daughter’s recovery,” the girl’s mother said. “My heart breaks for the unimaginable things my daughter had to endure during the 11 days she was abducted, and I am so happy that she is safe as we work on her recovery.”


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